Sunday, February 4, 2018

Collaboration 2018 with Karen Kroeker

Collaboration Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas 24x24x1 1/2 $625

This painting is a result of a collaboration with a University friend that I took art classes with. Karen Kroeker continued in the area of fibre arts and I continued in the area of painting.  What we have done is Karen received from me some preliminary sketches of Brew Bay.  She is going to make an 18x24 fibre piece with the sketches as an inspiration.  In return Karen has sent me photos of two of her fibre pieces which I have turned into the painting above.

You can see her two photos below and my sketch to the right of them.  I am sorry but you have to turn your head to the right to see it the direction in which I painted it.

You can find Karen's inspiring work on Instagram under karenckroeker  you can also find me there under bentecreates

Blessings for an inspiring and creative day.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Exuberant 24x24 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas by artist Bente Hansen

Exuberant 24x24 Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas $625

This palette knife painting is painted on the sides so that no frame is required.

Blessings for a great day


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stronger 8x10 Encaustic on wood cradle board by Canadian artist Bente Hansen

Stronger  8x10 Encaustic on Wooden Cradle Board  $120

When I am painting I usually have either the TV going in the background or music.  Depends on my mood.  If I don't have either quite often a song will pop into my head which I take as a message for a title or meaning for the painting.  Since I am painting intuitively I pay attention to these messages.

With this painting the song "Stronger" popped up.  If it doesn't kill you it'll make you stronger.

The painting needed to be stronger which is where the green gold came in.  Without it the message just wasn't there.  I also rubbed in some jewel tone powders on the feathers so that when it is in the sunlight the feather glistens.

I hope that some of these explanations help in understanding some of the processes that I go through.

Blessings for a creative day.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Brew Bay 8x10 Oil and Cold Wax medium by Canadian artist Bente Hansen

Brew Bay  Oil and CWM on Wooden Cradle Board  $80

This piece is very much an experiment.

It started as a demo for photo encaustic which turned out fine.  Just not very exciting.

I had been reading of people using cold wax on top of their encaustics so I thought I would try that.  It worked just fine.  As for how many years it will last I really don't know.  Maybe someone out there will be able to tell me.

After that I thought I would see if my pan pastels would work on the CWM.  The white really didn't show but the rust colour that you see in the bottom left hand corner is pan pastel rubbed into the wax. That seems to of worked great.  I have tried buffing it off and it is in there quite solidly so this is something I will definitely continue to pursue.

We had quite a storm here yesterday.  Today it is a balmy sunny day so time to head out into the bush to walk with my dog and his doggie buddies.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Winter Day Mixed Media by Canadian artist Bente Hansen

Winter Day 20x20  Mixed Media on wood cradle panel  $450

This painting started as CWM in deep reds with gauze imprints of dark turquoise.  I couldn't work out that puzzle so the painting got turned upside down.  If you look carefully at the image you will see the texture of the  gauze.

The revised image was done by brushing, scraping and using a brayer and spatula.  I thought of calling it "spatula painting". The cold wax medium is an interesting medium that dries quickly and allows you to mix your oils and allows you to scratch into it.

Blessings for a great day.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Through the Trees Oil painting by Canadian Artist Bente Hansen

Through the Trees 12x9 Oil on Gessoboard $110.00

Happy New Year to everyone.

I hope the upcoming year will be satisfying and bring many rewards.

2017 was a ying and yang year for me.

The great things were many and I won't go into the bad. We all have these times and I find that they allow us to appreciate when the times are good.

I enjoy painting on Gessoboard.  It seems to bring out the luminosity of the oil paint.  Its like a gem shining through.  The downside is that I can not purchase these boards in Canada and with the US$ exchange that makes it very expensive.  On the plus side I had purchased some a number of years ago when visiting Oregon so I do have a small supply of them on hand.

If you can get easy access to these boards I highly recommend them.

Blessings for a great day and a satisfying 2018.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ruby Sky, Oil on Linen wrapped canvas by Bente Hansen

Ruby Sky 18x24 Oil on Linen Gallery Wrapped Canvas  SOLD

The sunsets we have in Powell River are amazing.  I didn't start out to paint a sunset but the painting took over and here you are.  There are many rich colours including magenta and violet.  The painting was started with an underlay of transparent colours and from there the majority of it was done using a palette knife.  Thick and juicy.

Blessings for a fabulous day.